Just a factual correction, since I'm on the wrong board. Vaccination cannot protect anyone 100%. No medicine can. Anyone who suggests that is being misleading.
(from my daughter).
I'm late to the party, but I totally get why the OP asked this question. It is so beyond sad that we don't even have the freedoms to make these important decisions for our OWN children in what is supposed to be a free country, and that we have to resort to this kind of thinking just to allow our children to go to school. I personally don't agree with faking documents, but I'm also very blessed to live in Canada, so I don't have to face these challenges. My heart goes out to you.
I really love this forum and that we non-vaccers have a place to come and support each other. I haven't been on much lately, because I really resent that so many of you pro-vaccers feel the need to come here and ruin the experience. Don't you people have anything better to do? Seriously, I would never even think of posting on a board that had nothing to do with me or my beliefs. I get that you disagree with our stance on vaccinations, but bite your tongue and move on...or better yet, don't read it in the first place.
Chloebelle, I actually think that this conversation has lost sight of the OP and her actual situation.
To wit - she lives in Massachusetts. In my extensive experience with Massachusetts (I live there too, and have two children who attend school and daycare here, I grew up here, and attended school here myself until I was 18, my siblings and friends have children who attend both public and private schools here), the OP emphatically does NOT have to resort to this kind of thinking in order to "allow" her children to go to school.
It is my experience in this state that, if the OP wants to not vaccinate her kids, she could find a sympathetic pediatrician (which she could do by hitting the tribal areas section of this very board and asking around), and offer a letter to the schools - basically, a pediatrician's note saying that the children are healthy and there is no reason they cannot participate in school and camp activities, listing their allergies (if they have any), and stating that the children are not vaccinated for (medical/philosophical/religious) reasons. This is what I did when I needed my kids to be not vaccinated for a while. It worked fine.
Whatever reasons the OP may have to feel that forging a vaccine record is the best plan, I do not feel that they are rooted in the realities of the place she lives, or the laws that apply there.
This conversation has departed to a discussion of what would happen in certain worst-case scenarios in which different laws applied and doctors were under more scrutiny. Some of these scenarios are genuine - some states really are making it harder to get exemptions. Some of these scenarios, however, are just made up. Doctors are not currently scrutinized based on the number of exemptions they give to patients, for example.
I stumbled upon this thread and OP's question while I was researching if there is a way to falsify vaccination records. I agree, if you are in a state that allows you to get an exemption---- Great!!!!! Get an exemption. I live in Texas and from the research I have done, I can't find an exemption clause here. I could be wrong. Now I am forced to get a bacterial meningitis vaccination if I want to attend a University and the cheapest I can get one for (with insurance) is $132. It my not be ethical, but if I can find a way to falsify a document to go to school, I am okay with that. I don't think I should be forced into getting a vaccination in order to get an education. No one should. But what are the options?
Side note... I'm a little too scared to falsify a document but I just wanted to see if it was an easy task. Apparently not.
OP, do what you have to do.
Here is the Texas law regarding the university bacterial meningitis vaccine requirement. You DON'T have to get the vaccine!
this is a very interesting discussion, and a well-moderated one. i personally am interested in this thread because anecdotal experience in my own community leads me to believe that a significant percentage of parents are falsifying their children's school vax records. i have been trying to determine whether or not my home state has any mechanisms in place to verify school vax records with the physician claimed by the parent to have administered the vax.
the reason i think that verifying these records is important is because if an outbreak of disease occurred, and the school's records showed a 99% vax rate but say 10% of parents had fudged their vax records, this could have the effect of causing people to believe that vaccinations don't work. it has lately occurred to me that a school system could very easily take it upon itself to contact the physicians listed on each and every vax form submitted by parents and ask for verification. if the parent completed the form honestly, then this would present no breach of honesty. conversely, if the parent falsified the document and listed a physicians contact info who did not administer a vax to their child, and perhaps forged the physician's signature as well, then if the school submitted this form to that physician for review and the physician denied having treated that particular child, then that child's parents would have no legal standing to claim their medical confidentiality was breached since nothing medical occurred in the first place.
the objection could be raised that school nurses don't have the time to track down all of these doctors. but i don't think this would be all that onerous a task, really. there are only so many pediatricians in any city, and the forms could easily be categorized by doctor and submitted in batches. and by working together with all the local pediatricians, school nurses could submit condensed lists of patient names to these doctors through a secure private channel and even then, only the doctors themselves will know if there were any names listed who did not receive vaccinations. the decision of what to do about specific cases of medical record fraud on the part of parents could be left up to the physicians---since they are the most damaged party after all---but it would violate no one's rights for the doctors to at least report back to the school what percentage of patient names submitted to them by the school checked out against their records. this percentage, as validated directly by the doctors, should be of great interest to school administrators if only because it may be of great interest to the parents of the students attending their schools.
Yah with meepycat on this one. Major HIPPA violation there. I live in a large town - don't use a pedi in town. DD will be attending school in a completely separate town from both - it wouldn't be easy at all to track. Not to mention the lawsuits that would follow if information was handed out.
Now now, the Gates Foundation is an upstanding organization! Just look at their investments from 2012:
I completely understand your concerns and hope I can offer you a better option where you can achieve your objectives.
I believe there is a form that you need to get call a 'Conscientious Objector Form' or something similar and you will need to take this to your doctor to get signed.
This should provide you with an exemption due to consciencious objection to immunization. If you are then refused entry to a school or child care center with this form, you can sue them for discrimination.
This is the law in Australia, however, I have also seen information on this in the United States and I'm certain that you have the same rights. I have seen this information also on an American website which contained US forms, although the wording and procedure may be slightly different.
However, the theory behind it is the same. If you object to immunizing your children on the grounds of conscientious objection (as opposed to you are too lazy to get your children immunized or you forgot etc.) it means you have made a reasoned and conscientious decision not to do so (this also includes religious reasons etc.), and so you should be allowed an exemption with a doctors signature. The doctor is only signing on that he/she has conselled you on the risks of not immunizing so you are fully aware of them, not that he or she agrees with your position. This form can then be sent to insurance companies to cover schools or child care centers from being sued.
You'll have to do some research on it in your country, but it won't be hard for you to find if you search under 'conscientious objector'.
Hope this points you in the right direction (and at least you are doing it in an upfront and honest way and not being forced into forging documents just to uphold your consitutional rights.)
Jajay, thank you for your post.
Here in the US, vaccine laws vary by state. The "Conscientous Objector" form is for military service, not for vaccination. Some states do have laws allowing for "philosophical objections," but some states do not.
Moreover, some policy-drivers such as Dorit Reiss, Art Caplan, and Paul Offit are campaigning hard to eliminate all exemptions (even religious and medical); they are also attempting to legislate the ability to sue the unvaccinated if someone comes down with a vaccine-available disease.
It's getting very, very ugly here, but most people here are blissfully unaware--until it affects them directly.